The goal of the 9th Symposium on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias is to inform, educate and train individuals in southwest Florida and across the state who are caring for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. This year’s conference, titled “Innovations in Alzheimer’s Caregiving and Treatment” was held on March 1, 2023.  Below please find selected presentations that were recorded and authorized for sharing by the presenters..

2023 Symposium Presentations

Dr. Dominic D’Agostino

Optimizing Ketogenic Nutrition for Brain Health

Dominic D’Agostino, Ph.D., is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine and a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). Dr. D’Agostino received his B.S. in Nutritional Science and Biological Sciences in 1998 at Rutgers University before receiving a Predoctoral Fellowship in neuroscience at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1999. In 2004 Dr. D’Agostino entered into a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Ohio before moving his research program to USF Tampa in 2006. Funding through the Department of Defense (DoD) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) lead him to develop and patent unique technologies for a wide range of applications related to enhancing resilience in undersea environments, treating neurological disorders and in treatment and prevention of metabolic-based diseases. Dr. D’Agostino continues to work closely with federal organizations, private industry, 501c3 foundations and media outlets.

Dr. Jason Karlawish

Why Did Alzheimer’s Disease Become a Crisis and What We Can Do About It

He researches and writes about issues at the intersections of bioethics, aging, and the neurosciences. He is the author of The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It and the novel Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont and has written essays for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Hill, Nature, STAT, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania and Co-Director of the Penn Memory Center, where he cares for patients. He lives in Philadelphia.

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